2012 Genesis Bikes – First 29er, Budget Track Bike, Classic Steel Road Bike & Prototype Full Susser
Genesis Bikes has introduced a variety of new bikes for 2011, from this disc brake touring bike that could double as a ‘crosser to their first ever 29er mountain bike to a prototype full suspension rig. They also have a very wallet friendly track bike and classic steel road bike for the pavement folks.
Above is the Day 01 Alfine 11, a steel all ’rounder inspired by Vin Cox’s around the world bike. It ties Virsa shifters into a Shimano Alfine 11 speed internally geared hub with disc brakes. The frame is similar to their Day 01 cyclocross bike, so we’re guessing it could be run across the grassy knolls just as easily as across a continent.
The Classic Flyer takes their singlespeed Flyer model, adds gears and Dura-Ace downtube shifters and a purple paint job. It’s a simple steel road bike made of Reynolds 725 and a chromoly fork.
Being that the Olympics are on their home turf next year and being that Track Cycling is a big part of said Olympics, Genesis found it was high time to bring out a proper track bike. The Madison is an entry level, UCI-compliant bike with a stiff aluminum frame. In a nod to Japanese track fever, the top tube has Madison written in Japanese.
The Fortitude is Genesis’ first 29er. Like their other mountain bikes, it’s all steel and includes a steel fork. Here’s the description in their words:
In considering whether or not we should introduce 29ers into our product range, it was clear right away that one category where big wheels make sense is fully rigid riding where many off road miles are being covered and without the fuss, servicing demands, or back country reliability risks of suspension forks.
This will be the first range of 29ers in the Genesis line-up. A rigid specific steel frame and fork, based around a 445mm axle to crown length, ensuring the front end stays nice and low. A relatively slack head angle (69.5 degrees) gives a super stable ride and despite the rigid fork this is a very capable singletrack destroyer.
We will offer 3 builds on this bike, a singlespeed, an Alfine 11 model and also a derailleur equipped adventure/expedition bike, complete with drop bars and frame bag. The frame features include an eccentric bottom bracket, rack mounts, removable cable guides for all types of gearing, crud mounts and bottle mounts.
This here is the final form factor for their first full suspension frame. It’s a 120mm single pivot design with a low leverage ratio. It’s designed around a 140mm fork, and rear travel can be bumped to 140mm simply by putting in a longer stroke rear shock. The frame includes ISCG05 tabs, a 44mm headtube for either straight or tapered forks and a 142×12 rear dropout with Maxle. Genesis says they wanted a super low maintenance design, so only the main pivot rotates on sealed bearings, the rest of the pivots are low-friction PTFE-coated bushings. Cable routing includes guides for a dropper seatpost. No exact word on launch date, but it’s moving along.